In what could be seen as an embarrassment for Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, a candidate backed by the Congress and NCP on Tuesday wrested the seat of sarpanch (village head) from the Bharatiya Janata Party. Fetri, in Nagpur district, is the adopted village of the Chief Minister.The BJP managed to win five out of total 10 seats of the Fetri Gram Panchayat but failed to win the post of sarpanch.The Congress-NCP supported Dhanashri Mukesh Dhomne defeated the BJP’s Jyoti Bhimrao Raut by 85 votes.‘Victory of local people’“This is the local people’s win. The BJP representatives and the former BJP sarpanch were behaving authoritatively after the CM adopted the village. Today’s verdict was against the feudalistic set-up of the ruling party in the village,” Ms. Dhomne told The Hindu.When asked if the verdict was the “anger” of the people of the village against the CM, Ms. Dhomne said that the villagers were happy that the CM had adopted their village.“The CM released the funds and gave many schemes to the village, however, the local BJP people here did not let it reflect on the ground. Most of the development in the village was focused on the BJP candidate and the sarpanch’s ward which is why the people of Fetri have defeated the party candidate. I will make sure that there is no disparity in the development of any particular ward. I will develop the overall village,” she added.“The BJP used all its strength and money power to win this seat. It was a direct fight between the Congress-NCP and the BJP. We fought democratically and with modest means. They even tried to defame the husband of our sarpanch candidate by spreading lies about him; but in the end, truth prevailed. It was a victory of the truth,” Rahul Shashtri, a villager and a Congress supporter said.Another villager Vakil Dongre said the village had not seen the expected development after the CM adopted it.Earlier this year, The Hindu had done a detailed story on how the village lacked even in basic amenities despite being the CM’s adopted village.The husband of the defeated BJP candidate Bhimrao Raut claimed that his wife gave a tough fight to the Congress-NCP alliance candidate.“There was 100 % development of the village. The CM gave everything to the village. We lost because the Congress and NCP united to defeat us,” Mr. Raut claimed.The BJP also lost the seat of sarpanch in the State energy minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule’s adopted village Suradevi.
Scientists have recovered DNA from a cave bear fossil at least 300,000 years old. Reported online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the finding bests the previous record for DNA recovered from a sample found outside of the artic permafrost—that from a 120,000-year-old polar bear jawbone from Norway published in 2010. (Researchers have sequenced DNA of plants and invertebrates up to 800,000 years old frozen in Arctic ice.) The new specimen comes from a cave in northern Spain called Sima de los Huesos, where nearly 30 prehistoric human skeletons have been found, and the DNA comes from mitochondria, small bodies within cells that generate energy and have their own DNA. A comparison of DNA sequences suggests the bear, Ursus deningeri (above), was a direct ancestor or close relative of the ancestor of later cave bears, such as Ursus spelaeus, which died out about 28,000 years ago. New techniques used in the work might also allow the researchers to sequence DNA from the prehistoric humans found in the cave.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)
New Delhi, Jun 16 (PTI) Indian-origin British boxer Sanjeev Singh Sahota has been roped in to fight in one of the six supporting contests during Vijender Singhs WBO Asia title bout against Australian Kerry Hope here on July 16. The 24-year-old, who has won both his pro bouts since making his debut in the circuit in April, will be contesting in a four-round bout against a yet-to-be-named opponent. The remaining boxers for the undercard are still being finalised and are expected to be known by next week. “Honored to be fighting on @boxervijender undercard on his big title fight! Go get it bro????Lets make Indian history!” Sahota posted on his twitter handle. “Lets get ready to rumble in Delhi India 16/7/16,” he added. Like Vijender, Sahota, who competes in the super lightweight (60kg) category, also comes from the Queensberry Promotions stable. The much-anticipated show in Delhi is scheduled to be held at the Thyagraj Sports Complex in Delhi. The highlight of the evening will be Vijenders contest against Hope, a former European champion, for the WBOs super middleweight Asia Pacific title. Also up for grabs for the winner of the contest is a place in the top-15 of the WBO rankings. World Boxing Organisation (WBO) and Indian Boxing Council (IBC) will jointly conduct the technical aspect of the contest. PTI PM KHS KHS
The students and staff of Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School were honoured today, Dec. 12, as Tri-County Regional School Board’s first provincially accredited school. The accreditation designation culminates five years of work by the high school to set higher standards, increase student achievement and improve the school’s overall performance. “Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School can be very proud of achieving this distinction,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “I want to congratulate the staff, students, the school advisory committee and the entire school community, who put so much effort into a school-improvement strategy that is clearly making a very good school even better.” Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School was among the first schools selected in 2003 to pilot the Nova Scotia School Accreditation Program, a school-improvement process identified as a priority in Learning For Life II, the province’s multi-year plan for education. There are 308 schools working on school accreditation plans. Yarmouth High is the seventh school in the province to be presented with its accreditation plaque. “The Nova Scotia School Accreditation Program ensures that every school is continually improving, offering quality programs and ensuring that the academic needs of all students are being met,” said Ms. Casey. Yarmouth High focused its improvement efforts on increasing overall student achievement in all subjects at Grade 10 and improving respect and rapport between students and their teachers. It also took positive steps to improve communication between teachers and parents. “We worked very hard at creating a school atmosphere where students feel good about learning, and bringing staff and students, as well as the school community, closer together,” said principal Brent Jamieson. “It is really about breaking down barriers. “The Nova Scotia School Accreditation process has been, and continues to be, a very positive experience for our school. It helped us create a professional learning community, with the end result being increased student success and achievement.” The Nova Scotia School Accreditation Program requires every school meet a standard of excellence based on goals that are specific and strategic, measurable, attainable, results-based and timely. Under the program, schools establish internal review teams to collect and evaluate data to identify strengths, and areas needing improvement. Based on the areas needing improvement, schools develop goals and work toward meeting them through a five-year school-improvement plan. The plan is examined by an external review team of independent educators and administrators who visit each school before approving it. Schools implement the improvement plan, and provide annual updates to school advisory councils. An accreditation team returns to the school after four years to assess progress. Schools receive accreditation after they show progress toward improvement-plan goals.
LGBTIQ+ Nova Scotians and government employees were celebrated today, June 28, as the Pride flag was raised outside Province House in Halifax. “Pride flag-raising is about so much more than a rainbow flag. It symbolizes our commitment to making the Nova Scotia public service and our Nova Scotian communities safe and inclusive spaces for people of diverse sexes, sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions,” said Maddi MacDonald, co-chair of the LGBTI Network. “It’s about making space for others to be who they are and about being proud of who we are in all of our diversity.” Government has been raising the Pride flag outside Province House since 2010. The ceremony was especially meaningful this year following the tragic loss of 49 lives in Orlando, Florida in a shooting targeting members of the LGBTIQ+ community. “Today was about showing solidarity with our LGBTIQ+ colleagues, family, and friends,” said Deputy Premier Diana Whalen. “As a government, we take the social and legal inclusion of people from the LGBTIQ+ community very seriously, and we have demonstrated our commitment to ensuring this is reflected in our laws.” A number of projects in support of LGBTIQ+ inclusion were recently introduced by government. The Guidelines to Support Trans and Gender Variant Employees were released in May, while the government’s Positive Spaces initiative was introduced last year. Ongoing initiatives such as these help make government workplaces welcoming, supportive, and inclusive for LGBTIQ+ Nova Scotians and employees. “The innovative and transformational thinking that resulted in these initiatives is the foundation of a culture change within the public service. It is change that we can see every day,” said Public Service Commissioner Laura Lee Langley. “As the deputy champion of the Diversity Roundtable, I can attest to the importance of continuing to advocate for a workforce that is free of barriers and discrimination for all people.” Last year government removed the requirement for Nova Scotians to have sex reassignment surgery in order to change the sex designation on their birth certificate, while also making important updates to the Change of Name Act. These were issues raised by the LGBTIQ+ community and acted upon by government. Today’s ceremony was among the first Pride events of the summer in the province. For more information on Pride events, visit www.halifaxpride.com and www.pridecapebreton.ca.
MONTREAL – Montreal says it will improve its snow-clearing policies after it received numerous complaints about the state of the city’s streets and sidewalks following the most recent storm.Jean-Francois Parenteau, the councillor responsible for citizen services, took a lot of heat after sidewalks across town turned into quasi skating rinks, forcing those with limited mobility to stay indoors.He said Wednesday the administration didn’t delay snow clearing for budgetary reasons and added the city will never compromise the security of citizens.Parenteau took a bet that last weekend’s warmer temperatures would have melted much of the accumulation, but he lost the gamble and was forced to apologize on Twitter.He said the main reason the city decided to wait was due to the fact that several depots used to store snow were either full or nearing capacity.Montreal received the equivalent of a full winter’s worth of snow already this season, he said, and he expects more storms before the winter is out.He said the city began snow removal on Sunday night and about 90 per cent has been collected.As for sidewalks, however, Parenteau added that de-icing and putting down abrasives is up the local boroughs and some didn’t do enough.
Tom FennarioAPTN National NewsQuebec’s Liberal caucus kicked off its annual meeting Thursday with a rousing applause for their leader.But the meeting was only able to get underway after they fixed a major oversight by scheduling an early morning meeting with the Indigenous peoples of the territory.“We just want to give the message to the Quebec government that we’re ready, we’re ready to sit down and talk. It don’t matter if we weren’t invited, or not, we’re here now today, and we’re not going anywhere anytime soon from our territory,” said Grand Chief Verna Polson of the Algonquin and Anishinabeg Tribal Council.Polson and six other Algonquin chiefs had to demand the meeting with the premierOnce they had his ear they made one thing clear: When it comes to natural resources, they want their cut.“We’re going to be establishing a negotiation table with the Quebec government, and it’s long overdue,” said Polson.The unceded Algonquin territory in Quebec is rich in logging and mining resources.However, many Algonquin communities struggle with poverty, addiction and overcrowding.These are problems they hope resource royalties could help address.The chief of a nearby First Nation invited Premier Philippe Couillard to come see the challenges her community faces.So far he hasn’t committed.“Quebec has to stop hiding behind Canada, just because it’s Canada that finances us usually, because we’re an important part of Quebec society. We are here, we still exist, we will always be here,” said Chief Adrienne Jerome from Anishnabe Nation of Lac Simon.Quebec said the meeting with chiefs was productive.“How to improve relations between mining companies and the Algonquin is something that is very important,” said Geoffrey Kelley, minister of Indigenous Affairs. “As you can see there is some interest in approving mining here in this region, but it has to include, and I think the premier was quite clear yesterday, it has to include partnerships with the Indigenous populations, the Algonquin population here.”But when asked if Quebec committed to sit down at the negotiation table Polson said no.“No promise, but the dialogue will start. It has to start. Cause we need this, we need this for our people,” said Polson.The Liberal caucus meeting continues Friday.firstname.lastname@example.org
WASHINGTON – The U.S. economy grew at a solid 3.2 per cent annual rate from July through September, slightly slower than previously estimated but still enough to give the country the best back-to-back quarterly growth rates in three years.The figure was revised down from last month’s estimate of 3.3 per cent, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. The change reflected a bit less spending by consumers, which was offset somewhat by increased spending by state and local governments.Still, the 3.2 per cent growth followed a 3.1 per cent gain in the second quarter, the first consecutive quarters that growth has topped 3 per cent since 2014.President Donald Trump has pointed to these gains as evidence his economic program is producing results. Many economists believe GDP growth this quarter could hit 3 per cent or better.Congress this week passed a major tax overhaul, giving Trump the biggest legislative achievement of his first year in office. Economists believe the proposal will boost growth temporarily in 2018 and possibly 2019. But then they forecast that the positive effects will fade, with slower growth going forward due to higher interest rates stemming from the bigger government deficits.But at the moment, economists are optimistic about growth prospects. The Federal Reserve’s Atlanta regional bank is forecasting GDP growth could hit 3.3 per cent this quarter. If GDP does top 3 per cent, it would mark the first time that has occurred since three quarters in late 2004 and early 2005.Trump has predicted the tax cuts will be “rocket fuel” for the economy and many economists are looking for a growth spurt next year.“The economy is rock solid for now and with fiscal stimulus kicking in next month, the economy’s afterburners could put this economy’s rocketing growth rate into even higher orbit,” Chris Rupkey, chief financial analyst at MUFG Union Bank in New York, said in reaction to the new GDP report.For all of 2017, the economy is expected to grow around 2.3 per cent, a marked improvement from the slight 1.5 per cent gain in GDP in 2016. For 2018, economists believe growth will be even better, helped by the boost from the Republican tax cuts and a stronger global economy.Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, is forecasting growth of 2.9 per cent for 2018, reflecting tax cuts that he predicts will add 0.4 percentage point to GDP next year. He expects the tax cuts to add 0.2 percentage point to growth in 2019. But even with that boost, he sees GDP slowing to a 2.2 per cent rate in 2019 before slowing to 1 per cent growth in 2020 as the higher interest rates drag on growth.This forecast is in line with other analysts who see only a temporary gain from the tax cuts. They are at odds with forecasts of the Trump administration that the tax cuts will spur significant momentum that will lift the economy to sustained annual GDP gains of 3 per cent or better.The report on third quarter growth was the government’s third and final look at the quarter. The economy showed resilience last quarter in the face of two hurricanes: Harvey, which hit Texas in late August, and Irma, which battered Florida in September.The U.S. economy is benefiting from a pickup in global growth, a healthy job market, which supports consumer spending, and a drop in the value of the dollar against other major currencies, which makes U.S. products less expensive in foreign markets.What you need to know:— Business investment in equipment shot up at a 10.8 per cent rate, the best showing since the third quarter of 2014.— Consumer spending, which accounts for about 70 per cent of U.S. economic output, grew at an annual pace of 2.2 per cent, a slight 0.1 percentage point less than last month’s estimate.— Government spending and investment rose for the first time in three quarters, with spending by state and local governments revised to a small positive from a slight negative in the previous report.— Housing construction fell for a second quarter, but the drop was not as severe as previously reported.— The 1.5 per cent annual GDP gain last year was the weakest performance in six years, since the economy contracted by 2.9 per cent in 2009.—GDP growth has averaged around 2 per cent in the current recovery, which is now in its ninth year and is the third longest in U.S. history.
DETROIT — U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that a suspension part on Nissan Altimas can come loose from the frame due to corrosion.The probe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers about 374,000 cars from 2013. The agency says it has four complaints that rear lower control arm assemblies failed. One owner in Seneca Falls, N.Y., wrote that the problem caused a crash, but didn’t give details. Three complaints allege the part failed while cars were moving.Control arms let the wheels and tires travel up and down over bumps.The complaints came from states that use salt to clear roads of ice and snow.Investigators will determine how often the problem happens and whether a recall is needed.A message was left Wednesday seeking comment from Nissan.The Associated Press
White House, WashingtonIn their meeting today at the White House, President Obama and His Majesty King Mohammed VI reaffirmed the strong and mutually beneficial partnership and strategic alliance between the United States and the Kingdom of Morocco. The two leaders stressed that this important visit provides an opportunity to map out a new and ambitious plan for the strategic partnership and pledged to advance our shared priorities of a secure, stable, and prosperous Maghreb, Africa, and Middle East. The two leaders also emphasized our shared values, mutual trust, common interests, and strong friendship, as reflected throughout our partnership.Support for Democratic and Economic Reforms The President commended the action and the leadership of His Majesty the King in deepening democracy and promoting economic progress and human development during the past decade. The President and His Majesty the King reaffirmed their commitment to work together to realize the promise of Morocco’s 2011 constitution and explore ways in which the United States can help strengthen Morocco’s democratic institutions, civil society, and inclusive governance. The President welcomed the King’s commitment to end the practice of military trials of civilians. The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the UN human rights system and its important role in protecting and promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms, and committed to deepening the ongoing U.S.-Morocco dialogue on human rights, which has been a productive and valuable mechanism for the exchange of views and information. Noting their shared concern about migrants, refugees, and human trafficking issues worldwide, the President expressed support for Morocco’s initiative to reform its asylum and immigration system based on recommendations from Morocco’s National Human Rights Commission. The President welcomed Morocco’s intent to take concrete steps to qualify for and join the Open Government Partnership and to realize the vision of the Equal Futures Partnership by ensuring women fully participate in public life, and that they lead and benefit from inclusive economic growth.Economic and Security CooperationThe two leaders emphasized that the United States and Morocco are dedicated to working together to promote human and economic development in Morocco. They noted the successful conclusion, in September 2013, of Morocco’s first Millennium Challenge Compact, and the Compact’s positive impact on job creation, economic growth, and human development throughout Morocco. The President highlighted the U.S. Agency for International Development’s new development strategy for 2013-2017, designed to help the Moroccan government achieve its reform goals and respond to the needs of Moroccan citizens. This strategy focuses on: enhancing the employability of youth; increasing civic participation in governance; and enhancing educational attainment for children at the primary level.They noted that the two countries signed a Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement on November 21, 2013 to expand bilateral cooperation on the detection of money laundering, trade fraud, and other financial crime. Additionally, on November 21, 2013 the United States and Morocco signed a Trade Facilitation Agreement that furthers the U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement and represents a forward-leaning, 21st century agreement on customs reform and modernization. Morocco is our first partner in the region to conclude such an agreement, as well as to endorse joint principles on investment and information communication technology services trade. These important initiatives reflect our common commitment to building stronger economic ties with and among the region.The President and His Majesty the King recognized the importance of Morocco as a trade and investment platform for North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa and the benefits of maintaining an attractive business climate for investment in Morocco. Building on the December 2012 U.S.-Morocco Business Development Conference in Washington, DC, the King noted that planning is underway for a second such Conference to be held in Rabat in 2014. The 2014 Business Development Conference aims to build on business-to-business contacts in aviation, the agriculture and food industry, and energy to expand trade and promote investment, as well as regional economic integration. The President expressed appreciation to the King for offering to host the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, and both leaders highlighted the importance of fostering broad-based economic opportunity in the region, particularly for young people and women.Educational and Cultural CooperationApplauding their people-to-people ties, the President and His Majesty the King are committed to exploring further cooperation to promote mutual understanding and interfaith dialogue in Morocco and throughout the region. They reiterated their commitment to enhance and diversify exchange programs that include the Moroccan American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange. The President and His Majesty the King underscored the importance of early ratification and implementation of the agreement between the two countries on the registration and status of the system of American schools in Morocco. Both leaders committed to strengthening ties and increasing mutual understanding between Moroccan and American youth. The President commended His Majesty the King for graciously committing to donate $1 million per year over the next 5 years to the J. Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange Initiative, which hopes to connect youth from all different age groups in the Middle East and North Africa with youth in the United States through virtual exchange.The Issue of the Western SaharaThe President pledged to continue to support efforts to find a peaceful, sustainable, mutually agreed-upon solution to the Western Sahara question. U.S. policy toward the Western Sahara has remained consistent for many years. The United States has made clear that Morocco’s autonomy plan is serious, realistic, and credible, and that it represents a potential approach that could satisfy the aspirations of the people in the Western Sahara to run their own affairs in peace and dignity. We continue to support the negotiations carried out by the United Nations, including the work of the UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy Ambassador Christopher Ross, and urge the parties to work toward a resolution. The two leaders affirmed their shared commitment to the improvement of the lives of the people of the Western Sahara and agreed to work together to continue to protect and promote human rights in the territory.Regional Security and Counterterrorism CooperationThe leaders noted their partnership on the United Nations Security Council over the past two years in the advancement of international peace and security, including in Mali, the Sahel, Syria, Libya, and the Middle East. They reaffirmed their commitment to continue to deepen civilian and military cooperation in the areas of non-proliferation and counter-terrorism. To address their deep concern for the continuing threat posed by terrorism, the United States and Morocco intend to continue cooperation to bolster democratic criminal justice institutions and to counter the threat of violent extremism in the region. The leaders also reinforced their commitment to regional cooperation initiatives.The leaders are committed to continuing close cooperation in the Global Counterterrorism Forum and to work to strengthen regional political, economic, and security ties across North Africa and the Sahel, including through a reinvigorated Arab Maghreb Union and other regional forums.The President encouraged Morocco to join the United States in founding the International Institute of Justice and the Rule of Law in Malta, which intends to train a new generation of criminal justice officials across North, West, and East Africa on how to address counterterrorism and related security challenges through a rule of law framework.AfricaHis Majesty the King thanked the President for the importance given to the promotion of social development and economic prosperity within Africa. The President acknowledged His Majesty the King’s leadership and the actions carried out by Morocco in the field of peace keeping, conflict prevention, human development, and the preservation of cultural and religious identity.In this context, both countries committed to explore joint initiatives to promote human development and stability through food security, access to energy, and the promotion of trade based on the existing Free Trade Agreement. The two Heads of State were pleased to note their common assessment of the critical role of human and economic development in promoting stability and security on the African continent, and committed to explore in greater detail concrete options for pragmatic, inclusive cooperation around economic and development issues of mutual interest.Middle East PeaceHis Majesty commended the continuous commitment of the President and the efforts of the Secretary of State to advance Middle East peace. The President acknowledged the contribution of His Majesty, Chairman of the Al Quds committee, to the efforts aiming to achieve a two state solution.ConclusionThe President and His Majesty the King closed the meeting by emphasizing their shared commitment to the special and longstanding relationship between the United States and the Kingdom of Morocco, which in 1777 became the first nation to recognize the independence of the United States. President Obama and King Mohammed VI reaffirmed their commitment to stay in close contact and to continue on a path of increased cooperation that will strengthen the United States-Morocco strategic partnership, including the next meeting of the U.S.-Morocco Strategic Dialogue in Rabat. They each intend to designate a senior official to lead the implementation of the commitments made today, and the President thanked His Majesty the King for his invitation to visit Morocco. Today’s meeting demonstrates that the interests of the United States and Morocco continue to converge, and that this historic partnership, which began in the 18th century, continues to thrive well into the 21th century.Source: The White House
A day after he assumed office, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe spoke to The Hindu at Temple Trees on a wide range of issues, including the project of working out a new Constitution for Sri Lanka, finding an enduring political solution to the Tamil question, and livelihood, development, and human rights issues. The Sri Lankan Prime Minister also expressed hope that a political consensus could be reached within months on a new Constitution for Sri Lanka, especially because the issues that needed to be resolved were fairly narrow. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is confident and hopeful that the political situation in Sri Lanka following the August 17 general election, although complex, is favourable for forging an enduring political solution to the Tamil question.Noting that the two main national parties, his United National Party and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, and the Tamil National Alliance were “the three key players” in formulating the proposals for an enduring solution, he said he had “tried to keep the UNP position flexible so that we can bridge the differences.” Responding to a question on former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, he confirmed that she would have a significant role to play in this regard. Asked about time lost after the war with the LTTE ended in 2009 and the prospects of moving towards an enduring political solution now, Mr. Wickremesinghe responded: “There have been a lot of administrative barriers, which have to be removed. Secondly, there has been a request by some of the Provincial Councils that as far as the powers exercised jointly, by both the Centre and the Provinces, concurrent powers, are concerned, some of it could be transferred to the Provinces. Those are the main issues and we have to work this out.”To a question about how the two sides could avoid getting caught in a terminological dispute over a ‘unitary’ versus ‘federal’ solution, he said: “Substance is what we have to look at. The formula which was accepted by India also, let’s see how we work it out within the 13th Amendment, maximise it. Let’s build on this. That’s what we are talking about now.” The Sri Lankan political situation has taken an interesting turn with the narrow victory of the United National Party in the general election, its leader being sworn in as Prime Minister for the fourth time, and the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two main parties, the UNP and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, paving the way for a ‘unity’ or national government.
Sputtering international funding for these humanitarian operations, handled by the UN World Food Programme (WFP), has already triggered cut-backs in Chechens receiving assistance, and rations for Azerbaijanis, said Jean Ziegler, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food. In a statement he called on UN member states to “immediately honour their legal obligations” to respond quickly to emergency food situations.The warning echoes an urgent WFP appeal in July when it had managed to raised just 28 per cent of the $22 million it needs to feed 250,000 Chechens in 2006.“From [the end of] October, we will have absolutely nothing left to distribute,” said Koryun Alaverdyan, WFP’s Deputy Country Director in the Russian Federation at the time. “The people we seek to assist are the poorest survivors of the Chechen conflict.” Insufficient donations have already forced the agency to cut the number of displaced Chechens being assisted in Ingushetia from 27,000 to 16,000 and only wheat flour has been provided since the beginning of the year, rather than the standard ration which also included vegetable oil, sugar and salt. “Without outside help, these people will have to fend for themselves, which means resorting to measures such as selling what meagre assets they have left,” said Mr. Alaverdyan. “That would make it even more difficult for them to start rebuilding their lives.” Unsteady funding in WFP’s current $15.7 million programme for Azerbaijan has already caused ration cuts, in January and May, and “if no contributions are made urgently, food rations might need to be reduced further,” warned Mr. Ziegler.The present two-year assistance package, is likely to be WFP’s final food assistance operation in the country even though a food security and nutrition assessment – the first of its kind in Azerbaijan – last year found that nearly 300,000 of the 1 million Azerbaijanis displaced by the conflict with Armenia would continue to rely on food aid for the foreseeable future. Only 40 per cent of the households covered by the survey have access to agricultural land and in all instances most of the produce grown is for family subsistence, the study found. WFP has provided over $100 million in food assistance to Azerbaijan in the past dozen years and more than $80 million to those effected by the fighting that started in 2000 in Chechnya. Russia made its first WFP donation in 2003 and to date has donated $22 million worth of food that has gone to Angola, Tajikistan, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.Special Rapporteurs are unpaid and serve in a personal capacity, reporting to the UN Human Rights Council.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Google’s 2nd-quarter earnings climb 11 per cent to hit analyst targets while revenue misses by News Staff Posted Jul 19, 2012 8:04 pm MDT SAN FRANCISCO – Google earnings hit analysts’ target as refinements to the company’s Internet search technology lured more Web surfers to click on its revenue-producing ads.The performance announced Thursday seemed to ease investor concerns that have caused Google’s stock to fall so far this year while the major market indexes have posted gains.Google shares added $19.44, or more than 3 per cent, to reach $612.50 in extended trading after the report came out.The results included Google’s $12.5 billion acquisition of cellphone maker Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. for the first time. Google Inc. owned Motorola for the final 39 days of the quarter ending in June.Excluding Motorola, Google’s revenue during the quarter would have grown at the slowest pace since 2009. That slowdown stemmed primarily from the economic turmoil in Europe that has weakened currencies overseas, resulting in less revenue when sales are converted into U.S. dollars.The uncertainty caused by heavy government debt burdens in Europe also contributed to “somewhat difficult” conditions, Google Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette told analysts during a Thursday conference call.As expected, Google CEO Larry Page skipped the conference call while he recovered from an unspecified throat problem that the company revealed at its annual stockholders’ meeting last month.Google earned $2.8 billion, or $8.42 per share, during the three months ending in June. That compared with net income of $2.5 billion, or $7.68 per share, last year.The earnings would have been $10.12 per share, if not for Google’s accounting costs for employee stock compensation and the Motorola deal. That figure was in line with the average estimate of $10.10 per share among analysts polled by FactSet.Revenue climbed 35 per cent from last year to $12.2 billion. If not for Motorola, revenue would have increased 21 per cent. That would have been Google’s slowest rate of revenue growth since the fourth quarter of 2009 when the company was just starting to recover from the Great Recession.Google’s revenue, excluding Motorola, stood at $8.36 billion after subtracting the ad commissions paid to is advertising partners. That was about $70 million below analyst projections.The second-quarter numbers were propelled by technology changes that feature more advertising links when Google’s search formula concludes a user’s request is driven by a desire to buy a product, book a vacation or make some kind of other commercial transaction. As it gathers more data about users, Google also believes it can do a better job interpreting people’s individual interests so it can tailor ads to suit their preference.The improvements appeared to pay off in the latest quarter. The number of total clicks on Google’s ads during the second quarter increased 42 per cent from the same time last year.That activity is crucial to Google because the company usually only gets paid when a Web surfer clicks on an advertising link.The increasing volume in clicks helped Google shake off a deepening decline in its ad prices. The average price per click plunged 16 per cent from last year. It marked the third consecutive quarter of year-over-year erosion in Google’s ad prices. The previous decreases ranged from 8 per cent to 12 per cent.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – Ontario and Michigan have signed an agreement to work together to promote the auto sector, a vital part of both their economies.Premier Kathleen Wynne and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a memorandum of understanding Wednesday that they said would promote innovation and regional competitiveness in the auto industry.“Sharing best practices and integrating our supply chains will advance Michigan’s and Ontario’s positions as leaders in the auto industry,” Snyder said after signing the deal with Wynne in Traverse City, Mich.“This is an opportunity to strengthen the bonds (between the state and province) in all capacities, in addition to automotive.”Ontario and Michigan compete “from time to time,” said Wynne, but they also have a shared interest in protecting the Great Lakes “cluster” of automotive production so it can compete with other clusters in the southern U.S and Mexico.“We are not going to be Mexico, you know,” Wynne said. “We are the Great Lakes cluster. We need to find our niche. What is it that we do best? What are the factors at play in our region that give us an advantage?”Employers say the biggest advantage in the region is its educated workforce, said Wynne.“It’s that supply chain of people that really draws them to us,” she said. “So we better make sure we keep that advantage.”Ontario and Michigan will create a working group to look at areas for increased collaboration that would help them both compete, such as Internet-connected cars, self-driving vehicles, lightweight materials and alternative fuels.“We’re better off if we can share expertise and support each other, and it’s the region that’s really competing with the globe in auto,” said Wynne. “The work is going to start right away, and we’re going to be looking for very concrete successes coming out of this memorandum of understanding.”The working group will also look at increasing supply chain integration and technology transfer between Ontario and Michigan’s auto sectors through business-to-business partnerships.Auto assembly plants use more robotics than in the past and need fewer but more highly skilled workers, and growth in the sector will be in the high-tech jobs, said Snyder.“There’s been a great re-concentration of research and development in Michigan, really in the Great Lakes cluster, and you don’t hear about research and development in Mexico like you do in the Great Lakes,” he said.The agreement with Michigan will boost regional competitiveness and “create new opportunities for investment, jobs and growth on both sides of the border,” said Wynne“This is not, from either of our perspectives, about a hollow, academic process,” she said. “This is about actually getting things done and finding ways to work together.”Snyder predicted the deal will lead to economic growth and job creation in both Ontario and Michigan.Two-way trade between Ontario and Michigan totalled $74 billion in 2015.—Story written by Keith Leslie in Toronto by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 3, 2016 11:48 am MDT Last Updated Aug 3, 2016 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ontario and Michigan sign deal calling for more integration of auto sectors
Nearly 120 nations including Britain have signed a 2008 treaty banning the use of cluster bombs because of the indiscriminate risk they pose to civilians. The bombs shower an area of ground with dozens of smaller “bomblets”, which explode on impact or can lie dormant until detonated by unwitting victims.Saudi Arabia has not signed the convention.Britain delivered its last batch of cluster bombs to the Gulf kingdom in 1989.Since Saudi Arabia began bombing Yemen in March 2015, the UK has licensed £3.3 billion worth of arms to its ally, including £2.2 billion worth of aircraft, helicopters and drones; £1.1 billion worth of grenades, bombs, and missiles; and £430,000 worth of armoured vehicles. People search for survivors under the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi airstrikes near Sanaa Airport, Yemen, in March 2015Credit:Hani Mohammed/AP Saudi Arabia has confirmed it used British-made cluster bombs during its military campaign in Yemen.A statement from the Saudi-led coalition fighting in in the country said BL-755 bombs were used earlier this year “against legitimate military targets to defend Saudi towns and villages”.The admission came after a British government analysis indicating the UK-made munitions were used in the campaign in which Saudi-led forces are fighting Houthi rebels who rose up against the Yemeni government.Saudi Arabia has now agreed to stop using the weapons, according to the statement.The use of the controversial weapons has again turned the spotlight on Britain’s support for the Saudis during a conflict which has seen at least 10,000 people killed and caused a humanitarian crisis for many. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
15VfL Gummersbach296320757 – 870-11315 7SC Magdeburg2915311834 – 8023233 13Balingen-Weilsteten2910316818 – 863-4523 One of the most succesfull team in the history of German, but also European handball TV Grosswallstadt is on the edge of relegation from DKB Bundesliga. Team of fantastic history besides problem with the status has also huge financial problems – the biggest in the club’s history. That caused players strike last Friday which reflects the seriousness of the problem. Five matches until the end, Grosswallstad is four points under the “red line” (Gummersbach). Next home match against Neuhausen could be decisive for Peter David players…LEAGUE TABLE: 16TV Grosswallstadt294322712 – 797-8511 5HSV Hamburg291847878 – 7988040 12TuS-N-Lubbecke2912215825 – 837-1226 ← Previous Story 5th Laszlo Nagy International Handball Camp in Veszprem (June 30 – July 6) Next Story → Bundesliga (Round 30): Grosswallstadt defeated at home by Neuhausen, relegation nears 11MT Melsungen2912413801 – 802-128 9TBV Lemgo2913313782 – 789-729 10FA Goppingen2913214828 – 7923628 3Füchse Berlin302136862 – 7808245 1THW Kiel292513958 – 75720151 8HSG Wetzlar3014313866 – 8561031 2Rhein-Neckar-Lowen292144812 – 7337946 14GWD Minden296518758 – 859-10117 4SG Flensburg-Handewitt292045879 – 74213744 17TV Neuhausen295123757 – 890-13311 18Tusem Essen293224743 – 914-1718 Peter DavidTV Grosswallstadt 6TSV Hannover-Burgdorf291748867 – 8561138
The portal gun is mainly known for living up to its name by creating portals in the popular games Portal and Portal 2. However, the portal gun was also used to pick up and move objects around. Since making a gun that shoots portals is still (sadly) an impossibility, how about a portal gun that can levitate a weighted companion cube? Done.An industrious modder over at Hack A Day came up with a simple way to complete the project, and you could probably pull it off yourself. The effect relies on a powerful magnet in one of the arms of the portal gun. This was salvaged from a levitating globe that you can purchase any number of places. The portal gun is the plastic model that can be had for about $150 at many toy stores. The use of a retail model was a concession made because of time.The regular magnet from the top of the globe was pried out, and affixed to a custom sculpted companion cube made of foam. The electromagnet ties into the gun’s power supply and can maintain a hold on the magnet when it gets within range. The end product is a nice display piece, but it isn’t strong enough to wave around while keeping the cube suspended. The creator of this project suspects that it could have been handled with a smaller unpowered magnet which would not have been as visible. But still, it’s a fun little mod.via Hack A Day
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Unemployment in Greece will climb to 29.3 percent in 2013 and 31 percent in 2014, the German institute of macroeconomic forecasts IfW Kiel predicted on Tuesday.The German institute’s economists also forecast the economic contraction to come to 4 percent next year and spill over into 2014 at a 1 percent rate, against a European Commission prediction for 0.6 percent growth in 2014.In its revision of the Greek streamlining program, published in Brussels on Monday, the Commission had also been more optimistic in its estimates for the jobless rate, putting it at 24 percent for 2013 (from 23.6 percent in 2012) and 22.2 percent in 2014. By contrast, using International Labor Office (ILO) methodology, the IfW Kiel economists expect the unemployment rate to come in at 24.6 percent at end-2012 before soaring to 29.3 percent in 2013 – higher even than Spain’s 27.9 percent rate. A rise in employment usually trails the economic growth rate by at least six months. The IfW forecast mirrors that of the Labor Institute of the General Confederation of Greek Labor, which expects unemployment to top 30 percent next year. IfW also sees inflation in Greece reaching 1.1 percent this year and turning into deflation of 0.6 percent in 2013. Source: Kathimerini
Un implant cardiaque pour prévenir de l’imminence d’une attaqueDes chercheurs américains ont mis au point un petit dispositif à implanter dans le coeur et capable de donner l’alerte quand l’organe montre des signes d’attaque. Malgré son coût important, il pourrait permettre de sauver des milliers de vie.Selon les statistiques, pas moins de 30% des quelque un million de victimes de crise cardiaque décèderaient aux Etats-Unis avant d’avoir pu recevoir toute assistance médicale. Pourtant, comme l’explique régulièrement les spécialistes, chaque minute compte lorsqu’il s’agit de secourir une personne dans de telles circonstances. Des chercheurs sont ainsi parvenus à mettre au point un petit dispositif ingénieux qui pourrait sauver la vie de milliers de gens chaque année. Baptisé AngelMed Guardian, cet implant est à installer à proximité du coeur et est capable de prévenir de l’imminence d’une attaque. Si les professionnels de santé utilisent déjà des dispositifs d’alarme pour certains patients hospitalisés, ceux-ci ne sont utilisés que dans certaines circonstances et ne permet pas un “auto-contrôle”. D’où l’innovation de l’implant qui surveille continuellement les signaux de l’organe et alerte à la moindre anomalie grâce à un petit dispositif externe auquel il est lié. Pour cela, il utilise différentes méthodes : des vibrations, un signal sonore et un signal lumineux. Trois types d’alarme qui empêchent que l’alerte passe inaperçue. “Une alarme vibrante issue du dispositif implanté est plus susceptible d’être ressentie qu’une alarme auditive ne l’est d’être entendue, parce que le patient peut par exemple porter des vêtements épais, avoir une perte d’audition ou tout simplement être dans un environnement bruyant”, explique au Daily Mail Mary Carol Day, auteur de l’article présentant l’implant et publié dans la revue Ergonomics in Design. De plus, l’AngelMed Guardian présente plusieurs niveaux d’alerte.Des alertes différentes en fonction des anomalies détectéesÀ lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Il peut déclencher soit une alarme de haute priorité qui indique que le patient va être victime d’une attaque et qu’il faut immédiatement appeler les secours, soit une alarme qui révèle qu’une anomalie a été détectée et qu’il faut se rendre chez le médecin dans les prochains 48 heures. Au cours d’une étude test menée chez des adultes âgés, les chercheurs ont montré que les personnes porteuses de l’implant étaient tout à fait capables de distinguer les deux types d’alerte et donc de réagir de manière appropriée. Si le dispositif apparait tout à fait ingénieux, reste une difficulté : son coût qui s’élève tout de même à quasiment 10.000 euros. Pour l’heure, les chercheurs poursuivent donc les tests cliniques pour confirmer l’efficacité de l’AngelMed Guardian.Le 17 avril 2012 à 18:10 • Maxime Lambert
Brendan Rodgers used to coach Steven Gerrard back at Liverpool and now, he is about to stand against him in the Scottish league as the former midfielder took over Rangers.The former England international is about to coach the biggest rival of Brendan Rodgers’s Celtic and these two are about to face each other as opponents after spending some years together at Anfield as they almost won the Premier League one year.The Northern Irishman spoke about Gerrard’s chances of succeeding as he said, according to Daily Mail:“This is part of the curve, part of the learning curve.”Match Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“I had coaching experience, had stood on the sideline for 15 years before I became a manager, coaching thousands of games, youth games and senior games.”“But, when the curtain goes back and that light is shining on you as a manager, there’s not a great deal that prepares for you for that.”“When you were a player, if you weren’t playing well, you could go away and prepare, make sure you’re ready in every element.”“When it’s the team, it’s everyone. And then it’s millions of fans worldwide. So it’s a totally different experience, altogether.”